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For this post, I have put together a collection of the best rice cookers currently available.
UPDATED: September 23, 2019.
The typical rice cooker consists of a "bowl within a bowl". The outer housing of the unit contains an inner cooking pot for the rice along with an element and temperature monitor.
Operation is fairly straightforward but differs slightly by manufacturer. However, the standard steps are placing the rice in the bowl, filling it with the measured amount of water and turning it on. Once the rice has completely absorbed the water it allows the temperature to exceed the boiling point which automatically shuts it off or enter a warming mode.
Some models offer a range of cooking menu settings and timer options. Typical cooking time varies based on the device and amount of rice but is generally around 20 minutes to one hour.
Depending on the type of cooker, some feature the ability to pressure cook which helps to keep the cooking time constant since it is not affected by atmospheric pressure.
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Many of the rice cookers listed below also allow you to cook much more than just rice, such as chicken, seafood, yogurt, and vegetables, etc.
So here is my list of The 10 s.
1. Zojirushi NS-TSC10 Rice Cooker Zojirushi NS-TSC10 5-1/2-Cup (Uncooked) Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer, 1.0-Liter Zojirushi
The Zojirushi NS-TSC10 Rice Cooker features an easy-to-clean clear coated stainless steel exterior.
Steam Basket can be used to steam foods and cook rice at the same time.
Easy-to-read LCD Display Panel with clock and timer functions.
Nonstick coated to prevent rice from sticking and for cleaning convenience.
Removable inner lid detaches for easy cleaning.
Micro computerized Fuzzy logic technology.
Steam menu setting and included steaming basket allow cooking of vegetables, seafood, etc.
Built-in Retractable Power Cord.
Check out this video overview of the Zojirushi NS-TSC10:
2. Aroma Housewares ARC-150SB Rice Cooker Aroma Housewares 20 Cup Cooked (10 cup uncooked) Digital Rice Cooker, Slow Cooker, Food Steamer, SS Exterior (ARC-150SB) Aroma Housewares
The Aroma Housewares ARC-150SB Rice Cooker features a Quick Rice function that cuts cooking time by up to 50%.
Large capacity cooks 4 to 20 cups of any variety of rice with specialized functions for both white and brown rice.
Automatically switches to Keep-Warm when cooking is complete.
Steam Tray allows for steaming of meats and vegetables with rice underneath.
Slow Cook function transforms into a 4-quart slow cooker.
Reaches high heat to sauté or brown foods.
Switch over to a simmer once liquid is added.
Programmable 15-hour delay timer.
Inner pot and all accessories remove for easy cleanup.
3. Instant Pot DUO60 Rice Cooker Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer Double Insight Inc. DBA
The Instant Pot DUO60 Rice Cooker is a 7-in-1 programmable cooker that replaces 7 kitchen appliances.
Functions as a rice cooker, steamer, pressure cooker, slow cooker, sauté, yogurt maker and warmer.
14 built-in smart programs.
Automatic keep-warm holds the temperature of the food.
3-ply bottom stainless steel inner pot.
Brushed stainless steel exterior is durable and easy to clean.
Embedded microprocessor monitors the pressure and temperature, keeps time and adjusts heating intensity.
24-hour timer allows for delayed cooking.
4. Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Rice Cooker Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 5-1/2-Cup (Uncooked) Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker and Warmer, Premium White, 1.0-Liter Zojirushi
The Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Rice Cooker features advanced Fuzzy Logic technology, which makes fine adjustments to temperature and heating time to cook perfect rice every time.
5-1/2-cup rice cooker and warmer makes 10 cups of cooked rice.
Uses a black thick spherical pan with stay cool side handles that provides even heating for better cooking.
Easy-to-read LCD control panel.
Automatic keep warm, extended keep warm and reheating cycle.
Spherical inner cooking pan and heating system.
Fold down handle for easy carry and transport.
Built-in retractable power cord.
Accessories include a spatula, a spatula holder, and 2 rice-measuring cups.
5. Tiger JNP-S55U-HU Rice Cooker Tiger JNP-S55U-HU 3-Cup (Uncooked) Rice Cooker and Warmer, Stainless Steel Gray Japan Tiger Corporation of U.S.A
The Tiger JNP-S55U-HU Rice Cooker features an automatic “Keep Warm" function after cooking is completed.
3 cup rice cooker and warmer.
Non-stick coating inner pot for easy serving and cleaning.
Stainless steel design.
Includes spatula and rice measuring cup includes.
Retractable power cord.
6. Aroma Housewares ARC-6206C Rice Cooker Aroma Housewares ARC-6206C Ceramic Rice Cooker/Multicooker, White Aroma Housewares
The Aroma Housewares ARC-6206C Rice Cooker features ceramic a inner pot that allows for food to be easily removed.
Prepare 4 to 12 cups of any variety of cooked rice.
Easy-to-use touch button controls.
Ceramic material holds heat evenly so food is cooked evenly.
7. Tiger Corporation JBV-A10U-W Rice Cooker Tiger Corporation JBV-A10U-W 5.5-Cup Micom Rice Cooker with Food Steamer and Slow Cooker, White Japan Tiger Corporation of U.S.A
The Tiger Corporation JBV-A10U-W Rice Cooker features an automatic Cooking Logic system actively monitors cooking temperatures to create the perfect meal.
Multi-functional rice cooker allows for the preparation of two dishes simultaneously with the synchronized cooking function.
Includes detachable inner steam cap.
Brown rice function was specially designed for longer water absorption.
Easy to clean non-stick inner pot.
Four cooking menu settings.
8. Dash DRCM200BK Rice Cooker Dash DRCM200BK Mini Rice Cooker Steamer with Removable Nonstick Pot, Keep Warm Function & Recipe Guide, Black Dash
The Dash DRCM200BK Rice Cooker features a keep warm function.
Features PFOA-free nonstick coating for easy cleaning.
Makes two cups of rice.
Includes a recipe guide with 14 delicious meals and sides.
Dishwasher-safe, nonstick rice pot and tempered glass lid.
9. Aroma Simply Stainless Rice Cooker Aroma Simply Stainless 3-Cup(Uncooked) to 6-Cup (Cooked) Rice Cooker, White Aroma Housewares
The Aroma Simply Stainless Rice Cooker prepares 2 to 6 cups of any variety of rice.
Automatically switches to Keep-Warm after cooking is complete.
Made of 304 stainless steel.
Inner cooking pot and all accessories remove for easy cleanup in the dishwasher.
Rice Measuring Cup and Serving Spatula included.
10. Hamilton Beach 37518 Rice Cooker Hamilton Beach (37518) Rice Cooker, 4 Cups uncooked resulting in 8 Cups Cooked with Steam & Rinse Basket Hamilton Beach
The Hamilton Beach 37518 Rice Cooker features and integrated basket can be used to steam seafood, poultry and vegetables while the rice cooks below.
2-in-1 steamer basket can be used to rinse grains before cooking.
Dishwasher safe nonstick cooking pot.
Compact size makes for easy storage.
I hope this list of the best rice cookers was helpful.
If you think I left out one that is important or have a suggestion for a future article, let me know in the comments below.
Brandon Hubbard, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C